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Sri Lanka: New UN Human Rights Council resolution must be followed with clear timeline for action -  Freedom from Torture

23 March 2019 - "New UN Human Rights Council resolution must be followed with clear timeline for action," Freedom from Torture said after the UNHRC's new resolution on Sri Lanka. 

Denmark calls on the Gov of Sri Lanka to establish appropriate institutional reforms within the military, intelligence and police to counter torture, sexual violence and other human rights violations

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - Denmark, addressing at the Interactive dialogue on the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to establish appropriate institutional reforms within the military, intelligence and police to counter torture, sexual violence and other human rights violations.

Sri Lanka: Torture Continues: Sexual Abuse Committed by Govt and Security Officials - US Country Report

14 March 2019 - "As in previous years, suspects arrested under the PTA since the civil war ended in 2009 gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Some released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual abuse by state officials while in rehabilitation centers and after their release. Excessive use of force against civilians by police and security officials also remained a concern.

High time for Sri Lanka to investigate well-known alleged perpetrators of torture - International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP)

The International Truth and Justice Project  - Sri Lanka (ITJP), Johannesburg, 25 February 2019 - If Sri Lanka is serious about tackling ongoing torture it needs to suspend and investigate a number of well known security officials named in United Nations reports in connection with torture. Vague assertions by successive Sri Lankan Governments of a “zero tolerance” policy for torture are meaningless in the light of multiple reports of past and ongoing torture and the impunity for those named in a number of reports as alleged torturers. 

“Unbearable treatment”: torture continues despite Sri Lankan government’s promise - Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture, February 20, 2019 - Ten years on from the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Freedom from Torture has documented evidence of torture of its Tamil citizens in the context of ongoing security operations. This is despite the Sri Lankan government’s stated ‘zero tolerance’ policy on torture, and commitments to promote human rights when it was elected in 2015. In 2015, the new government of President Sirisena pledged to promote accountability and human rights, including to the UN Human Rights Council.

Exclusive: Evidence of ongoing torture of Sri Lankan Tamils - Al Jazeera TV

By Barnaby Phillips, Al Jazeera TV - It's more than three years since President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka. He took over from a government which was accused of human rights abuses during the war against Tamil separatists. Sirisena had promised a less authoritarian style of leadership. But Al Jazeera has seen disturbing evidence of continuing torture. Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips has this exclusive reports from London.

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